The Team

Anthony Mele - Director

Giovanni Taveras is the founder of the New York State Veteran’s Chamber of Commerce. Giovanni has spent five years in the navy deployments, which have resulted in two tours of the Persian Gulf. After his time in the navy, Giovanni went on to work for the Bear Stearns Companies, Inc, a New York-based global investment bank, securities trading and brokerage firm that specialized as a capital markets broker, they were also experts in wealth management and global clearing services. At Bear Stearns, Giovanni spent 11 years with the responsibility of migrations across all the international offices.


Giovanni also does cross promotion with the Brooklyn Chamber, the Mayor’s Office of Veteran’s, the Brooklyn Hispanic Chamber and hired “heros” for Veteran’s 360. Moreover, Giovanni has met and spoke with several congress representatives and local politicians on the issue of veteran affairs. Additionally, he has assisted in job fairs within the technology and the veteran resource field.


Today, Giovanni has been married for almost 20 years and has two beautiful children. He is also the franchise owner of both, a neighborhood electronic tech shop and Smart Tax; an accounting service. Currently, Giovanni is working on major projects within the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department while occupied as the forefront of the New York State Veteran’s Chamber of New York, making sure veteran’s get the treatment they deserve!

Giovanni Taveras - Founder

Anthony Mele is the director of the New York State Veteran's Chamber of Commerce. He is also the the founder/president of AMI Global Security.  He is an International Security Consultant and holds an MA, Diplomacy – International Conflict Management, Norwich University, Vermont, a BS, International Relations and Counter-terrorism, SUNY.Anthony is a US Army Veteran, whose has had prestigious assignments in elite organizations, which include the Defense Intelligence Agency, Intelligence and Security Command, United States Military Training Mission to Saudi Arabia among many others. Anthony also graduated from the Defense Intelligence College in Washington, DC.

Anthony also has extensive international security consulting experience and expertise in the arena of asset protection management. He has provided professional services contracted to many government departments, government officials, celebrities, and members of the Saudi Royal Family, among others. Anthony has many accolades which have been lauded for his efforts by the President of the Republic of Angola, Director, US Office of Drug Policy, Governor and Senate of Puerto Rico, Governor and Mayor of New York, the President and Tribal Council of the Rosebud Sioux Tribes, among others.

Also, Anthony holds many military decorations for his services some include the Army Commendation Medal, 1st OLC for heroism and a variety of individual achievement awards and recognition pins from: the FBI, US Marshall’s Service, US Secret Service, US Congress and Insignia Medallion from the Director, National Security Agency.

Previously, Anthony has been an invited guest speaker to a variety of organizations and events to include the National Security Agency, New York Police Academy and 26 New Jersey Law Enforcement Agencies. All things considered, with Anthony extensive knowledge, he is the perfect asset for The New York State Veteran Chamber.

New York State Veteran Chamber of Commerce